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Sunday, 21 December 2014

RELIGION: Church is a Business: "Pastors That Are Poor Were Not Called By God"- Uma Ukpai -

Dr Uma Ukpai, the president and founder of Uma Ukpai Evangelistic Association, has said poor men of God did not receive divine calling. He also told Daily Independent that it was untrue that people resorted to Church establishment out of joblessness. According to Ukpai, “Jesus calls church business. He said, ‘I am about my father’s business’. He called church work business and what is business? Business is investment plus gain, minus loss. In church planting, no pastor can collect offering without giving account and survive. Every church has elders and the job of the elders is to make sure that account is given; it is not even publicly but given internally but the account must be given.

“Church is all about investment and the gain they make is not in money but in people; that is the gain they make. People also can be called money because for instance, if a pastor’s ministry can cause 20 women to get pregnant; those women will not forget the pastor. If a pastor’s ministry can produce one of the richest 10 men in the country, those men will not forget the man who made them what they are.

“When you are into ministry and you have what we call anointing, you have become profitable; you begin to touch lives; you begin to bless people; you begin to change the stories of families and your own story will change also because the man that waters others shall be watered by God. There is so much misinformation about the church. It is not all about money. If your pastor has anointing that can make the blind see, cripples walk, leprosy to disappear, that pastor is in money.

“The only man you can worry about is a man who has no anointing; a man who God has rejected; a pastor who God has not approved what he is doing. God does not bless what he does not approve. If God approves what a pastor is doing, he will have more money than he can spend. I am an example.”

On the forthcoming general elections vis-a-vis the challenges of Boko Haram insurgency, Ukpai said the crisis was part of Nigerian culture.

“There is nothing new happening. We are used to fighting; we are used to killing and duping one another. People try to magnify little problems here and there as things that can overwhelm or swallow Nigeria. Let me tell you, we shall still be here after 2015. All these problems are old problems. Nobody has been able to manufacture new ones.

“Even APC (All Progressives Congress) or PDP (Peoples Democratic Party), they have not been able to manufacture new problems. So, this country will still be here after 2015. All those silly prophecies are from uninformed prophets, who have neither heard from nor seen God. Take it from me that this country will still be here and intact after 2015″.

Commenting on attacks on Christians in some parts of the country, Ukpai said persecution had been part of the Christian calling.

Quoting from the Holy Book, Ukpai pointed out that “The Bible promised us persecution; it did not say we shall not be persecuted. Secondly, persecution sharpens us and makes us pray better. I would rather have Christians persecuted than Christians not persecuted, because the more you persecute Christians, the more they will pray; the more they will seek after God. Those who seek after God shall know their God and those who know their God shall do exploit. So, in the attempt to harm us, they are sharpening us for a better and greater day.”
Pastors that are poor were not called by God
Ukpai, however, appealed to politicians and other well-meaning Nigerians to work towards the peace, unity and prosperity of the country.

His words: “We are praying for politics with principles; we are praying for politicians who have prepared themselves to serve and not to lord over us; and we are looking for politicians who are accountable to us and to themselves. But most importantly, we are asking for electorate who would not ask for bribes. Let nobody collect money to vote. If you collect money to vote, you have destroyed your moral right to account from the elected officers.

“We want our politicians to know that we cannot continue to run in circle; let them show some level of maturity. Finally, every politician must respect the sacredness of human beings. Let nobody be killed because of another person’s ambition. When anybody is killed, he cannot be reproduced and because we didn’t create anybody, we don’t have the right to kill anybody. So, can our politicians try to show good measure of maturity and intelligence, fear of God and preparedness to obey the laws of the land? They behave as though there are no laws. There are laws and we must obey those laws; that is what will help us move forward and move in a manner that will bring reward.

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Monday Onoja

Endy I must open my own either the devil like it or not.

Endy Edeson

@no probs. Monday, i will come to your church. but seriously, is UMAR UKPAI right?

Monday Onoja

Yes. Church is a serious business now deceiving individuals in the name of performing miracles. Although some have good intention.

Enyinda Nathaniel Okey

there is nothing new here. we all know about the big business of churches... why the membership drive? why the tithe drive? why the offerings drive?

Endy Edeson

@okey: ARE Pastors That Are Poor Not called by God?

Enyinda Nathaniel Okey

i no know about call matter o. all i know is that call or no call, na money business

Kachy Emmanuel

Ukpai On point!

Onyinye Nwosu-Ekemezie

Umar is 100% right.

Bekere Becky Afaka

Jesus livD and fed thousands without a penny in his pocket! he built no mansiOns and rode on a donkey! why? even though Jesus had d whole world,he was never seen with luxury! He didnt even keep money for temple tax,he paid wit a coin from d belly of a fish! todays pastors are dsame money mongers Jesus angrily chased out of d synagogue! and it seeMs d pastor is confused bout english! business generally aint always about money!

Bekere Becky Afaka

and pls man of gold-umai -should go to borno and get his own share of d persecution! that can make him richer!

Oke Oluwagbemiga

God will surely judge.i rest my case.

Gbaboyor Felix

Jesus example,d apostles example,gone with d wind.even those dat still have some integrity left in ministry are without dis error of “CHURCH BUSINESS“.God help dis generation pls!

Solomon Gad

An what shall it profit a man 2 gain the whole world and losses his soul.?

Azeez Adekoya Falcon

I agree with Ur view. Man of God also deserve a luxury life

Ayoola Olawumi Obaf Obafemi

on ds matter "i comment my reserve"

Onuh Jude

In as much as I cannot understand where he is coming frm b4 making dis debatable point....now,shuld his church be taxed by gov.

Chioma Blessing Ndu

Uma Ukpai n his Love of Money! This confirms the story I was told some years ago by a Pastor. He said Uma Ukpai died several years ago n was not allowed to enter into heaven. He told the angels that he is "Uma Ukpai" popular Evangelist but the angels said there was no record of his name in heaven. He was shockd n askd why. Guess what d angels told him........"There is no trace of ur name here because when u were on earth, U COMMERCIALISED/MONETISED THE GOSPEL!!!" He was given another chance to return back n mend his ways. If d story is true, Uma has totally forgotten he nearly went to Hell cos of his love for money. With due respect sir, most of the pastors who were NOT called by God drive the best cars n live in d biggest houses! The Love Of Money Is The Root Of All Evil!!

God'stime Akhidenor

All will be well. God's word as written in the scriptures must come to pass. Everyone, now gives self interpretations to the holy word of God, to suit their personal portfolio. Church is a profitable biz, but not to reference it only to money making, but remaining in biz by increasing the numbers of candidates of heaven and decreasing the numbers of the candidates of hell, through sound teachings with the help of the holy spirit of God. Pastors being rich or poor, no mortal being has the right to judge or conclude that they are called or not called, only Almighty God alone. Just be focus and remain in your calling, and God is the rewarder. Church biz, shouldn't be a normal biz arithmetic calculations or political propaganda, as expressed here. God only revealeth to you what to do and how to do, and yours is to carry out instructions, no addition and no removal. God alone is the judge, no man as the absolute right to conclude whether a man of God is called or not, especially using riches as a basis. My people were laid captive, for lack of knowledge. For the fact that the called still functions, doesn't connotes he is still anointed, just like Saul. God bless his church, Amen.

Mbong Ekpo

No matter we see the issue here, let us remember Jesus said that he that will leave friends family job etc for My sake, will have all these things the unbelievers desires i e money,cars,houses etc. There is nothing like a poor Man of God, it is only by choice or ignorance that they can be poor.Afterall in every proffession or calling which people practice you see these people there. Poverty is not a sin after all Poor Lazarus who was feeding from the rich mans table was a Christian. He died and went to heaven. Just as there are Lawyers,Doctors etc who re poor so will there be ministers that are same because, there are rules for success in every endevour in life. The poor mans voice can be heard but, always stigmatised . At the end of it all it is better to be rich and wealth than live poor and begerly.

Tinuhannis George

Hmmm..may God av mercy on dis generatn,may i not sin tru church matters....wetin concern most pastors wt dia member's welfare,‪#‎kokanaye‬,na money sure pass..members eat or dnt eat,no b dia matter,members must sha pay tithe n offerin,smtimes self i fil lk worshipn in ma room

Alvarez Ugochukwu

He's right... not only pastors, christians as a whole.. they are the restorers, the overcomes, pacesetters, record breakers and that's Gods wish for endtime christianity.. God is not poor, the streets of heaven is paved with Gold just do his commandment and yul sit with kings. and talking about pastors in as much as God is involved in riches he never meant extortion or scam in d name of God cos he that calls you will provide.. not when one can pray he'll open a ministry and engage in extortion..

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